Pretty Little Dead Things by Gary McMahon

Posted on 29th July 2011 in Reviews

Thomas Usher sees dead people; for the more cynical out there this could mean any number of things. It could mean an author scraping the barrel of ideas, it could mean a clich├ęd ghost book that brings nothing new to the game, or it could be a writer daring to engage an oft-used and familiar genre topic in a unique and involved manner.

Luckily for the reader, Gary McMahon’s Pretty Little Dead Things is an exercise in tackling what might be well-covered territory, in both screen and paper-based fiction, but it’s one that’s pulled off with some accomplishment. The result is a chilling, sometimes thrilling, but often reflective and rewarding delve into the arena of supernatural horror fiction. Click here to read more.. »

Author Interview – Gary McMahon

Posted on 4th July 2011 in Features

Gary McMahon’s 2010 horror-thriller Pretty Little Dead Things raised the bar for supernatural fiction with its spooky spin on the traditional private investigator role. Its protaganist, Thomas Usher, and the haunted, tortured quest upon which he’s thrust combined to create a powerful read. A recent BFS Fantasy Award nomination for that book is a definite nod toward McMahon’s growing credentials as a horror fiction writer of note.

Likewise, McMahon’s recently published The Concrete Grove, the first in a trilogy of the same name, is a strong horror book. That uses the brutalist housing estate as centre-point in what looks to be a terrific series. Blending terrors of the human kind – as well as those of a supernatural inclination – it’s a must-read for the horror fiction fan.

Luckily for Spooky Reads, and our readers, we were able to grab a slice of Gary’s time and get his input on several areas of the contemporary, and historical, horror novel, as well as introspectives upon his own work. Covering areas from atmosphere to architecture, nature to humming birds and beyond, this is an insightful interview and definitely of interest to the fan of supernatural and dread fiction. Click here to read more.. »